Posts in category "Purposeful Living"

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy: Be brave, young girls.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy:  Be brave, young girls.
Fry cook. Prostitute. Night-Club Dancer and Performer. Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Journalist. Professor. On the heels of my birthday, I sat in my kitchen contemplating a blend of life lessons as I tried to decide what project I would work on for the day.  When I read the news of Maya Angelou’s... Read more »

Is Facebook Making Us a Society of Personas?

Is Facebook Making Us a Society of Personas?
The craziest scenario keeps running through my mind. It’s the year 2050 and Mark Zuckerberg is currently the President of the United Nations of the World.  In my vision, Zuckerberg is sitting in a very sterile and futuristic-looking condo that sits high over some city – let’s say Hong Kong – where he observes a... Read more »

Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?

Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?
Lupita Nyong’o. Over the past two months it has been difficult to ignore the Mexican-born Kenyan actress as she has graced the covers of numerous magazines.  A talented and gifted thespian, she swept the Hollywood awards circuit which culminated last night when she accepted the Academy Award for her role as a supporting actress in... Read more »
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Confessions of a Mad, Black, Sleepy Mommy Blogger

Confessions of a Mad, Black, Sleepy Mommy Blogger
(Disclaimer:  No, I’m not a mommy blogger.  I’m a blogger who just so happens to also be a mommy.  But I am Black, a little mad and very sleepy.) A few weeks ago I realized that my little blog has somehow accumulated almost 50,000 page views and I felt like I owed you an explanation... Read more »

2013: The "Up" Side to Horrible

2013:  The "Up" Side to Horrible
I have come to the conclusion that the Mayans were right.  While the world didn’t end in 2012, I do believe that on December 20, 2012 a shift happened all around us. …and for me that shift made all the difference. I could easily say that 2013 was one of the most difficult years of... Read more »

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy: There Is No Monopoly on Greatness

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy:  There Is No Monopoly on Greatness
I didn’t expect to return to my blog in this manner.  In fact, sometime after I finished editing the final chapter of my manuscript I planned on writing a blog about my year in review.  It was going to be entitled:  “A Garden, A Book, A Baby, and The Bible:  It’s Not a Blog, It’s... Read more »
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How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2: Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2:  Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race
Part One:  Blacks, Evolve or Become Obsolete?    We were at dinner when the verdict was announced. Eight of us sat at a round table joking about marriage, cooking, and sex when someone received a news alert on their phone, announcing that George Zimmerman had been found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.... Read more »

Blacks, evolve or become obsolete? How to survive the next 400 years (#1)

  Pssst! Black People Step closer to the monitor. The conversation that we need to have is a private one.  One that I think we would all agree is long overdue. First, let’s have a quick recount of our collective history so we can make sure that we are all on the same page… Our... Read more »

Barack Obama's Second Term: The Chutzpah to say Civil Rights

A Black Civil Rights Activist. A White American Idol. A Gay Latino Poet. And Beyonce. A short time ago, this would have been the setup to a joke.  They walked into a bar.  The bartender would ask who was paying.  Everyone would say in unison, “Blue Ivy!”  The crowd would erupt in laughter.   The notion... Read more »
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Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time

Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time
I still think of her often. But she did not cross my mind once on June 9, 2012. My mind’s preoccupation with other events of the day marked a tremendous milestone in the decade- long grieving process over the loss of my best friend.  I was not sad and did not have to remind myself... Read more »
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